Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

47-4041 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
44,000 3.0 % $22.62 $47,050 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.42 $16.29 $20.21 $27.51 $36.46
Annual Wage (2) $27,910 $33,880 $42,030 $57,230 $75,840


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 28,150 18.77 $22.46 $46,720
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,450 4.55 $23.87 $49,650
Waste Collection 2,030 1.13 $19.68 $40,940
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,270 0.19 $22.68 $47,170
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,220 0.02 $24.04 $50,010

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 28,150 18.77 $22.46 $46,720
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,450 4.55 $23.87 $49,650
Waste Collection 2,030 1.13 $19.68 $40,940
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,270 0.19 $22.68 $47,170
Facilities Support Services 170 0.11 $18.21 $37,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 30 0.01 $36.18 $75,260
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing (8) (8) $33.61 $69,910
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 170 0.04 $32.50 $67,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 500 0.02 $30.41 $63,260
Scientific Research and Development Services 260 0.04 $29.69 $61,760


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,480 0.38 1.25 $23.78 $49,470
New York 4,460 0.48 1.56 $29.70 $61,780
Texas 4,370 0.36 1.19 $19.04 $39,610
Ohio 2,440 0.45 1.48 $23.26 $48,370
Pennsylvania 1,600 0.27 0.90 $23.38 $48,640




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 290 0.91 2.98 $30.99 $64,460
Idaho 620 0.88 2.89 (8) (8)
New Mexico 620 0.76 2.49 $27.78 $57,780
Rhode Island 310 0.63 2.08 $22.28 $46,330
Hawaii 330 0.51 1.68 $27.94 $58,120




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 290 0.91 2.98 $30.99 $64,460
Washington 1,260 0.39 1.27 $29.83 $62,040
New York 4,460 0.48 1.56 $29.70 $61,780
Tennessee 500 0.17 0.56 $28.59 $59,470
Hawaii 330 0.51 1.68 $27.94 $58,120





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,840 0.40 1.33 $30.55 $63,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,100 0.34 1.13 $22.50 $46,790
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,760 0.73 2.39 $24.72 $51,410
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,530 0.43 1.41 $19.03 $39,580
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,260 0.42 1.38 $18.46 $38,400
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,000 0.68 2.22 $19.83 $41,250
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 880 0.32 1.05 $23.52 $48,920
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 870 0.19 0.61 $27.02 $56,200
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 860 0.71 2.33 $13.03 $27,100
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 780 0.27 0.90 $25.91 $53,880




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho Falls, ID 360 5.48 18.04 $34.08 $70,880
Kennewick-Richland, WA 600 5.25 17.26 $33.67 $70,030
Longview, TX 150 1.67 5.50 $16.56 $34,440
Amarillo, TX 190 1.67 5.48 $32.49 $67,590
Mobile, AL 170 0.96 3.16 $20.77 $43,210
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 480 0.83 2.73 $22.01 $45,790
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 350 0.77 2.53 $27.16 $56,490
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 410 0.75 2.47 $29.43 $61,200
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,760 0.73 2.39 $24.72 $51,410
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 860 0.71 2.33 $13.03 $27,100




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Knoxville, TN 250 0.66 2.18 $37.16 $77,300
Idaho Falls, ID 360 5.48 18.04 $34.08 $70,880
Kennewick-Richland, WA 600 5.25 17.26 $33.67 $70,030
Amarillo, TX 190 1.67 5.48 $32.49 $67,590
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,840 0.40 1.33 $30.55 $63,540
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 410 0.75 2.47 $29.43 $61,200
Urban Honolulu, HI 300 0.63 2.09 $27.97 $58,180
Flint, MI 50 0.34 1.11 $27.94 $58,110
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 510 0.35 1.14 $27.22 $56,610
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 350 0.77 2.53 $27.16 $56,490

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 600 3.78 12.43 $31.20 $64,890
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 210 0.62 2.04 $22.56 $46,930
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 190 1.78 5.86 $33.91 $70,520
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 1.35 4.45 $36.11 $75,100
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 110 1.10 3.63 $23.96 $49,830

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 600 3.78 12.43 $31.20 $64,890
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 190 1.78 5.86 $33.91 $70,520
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 1.35 4.45 $36.11 $75,100
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 110 1.10 3.63 $23.96 $49,830
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.75 2.46 $15.58 $32,400

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 1.35 4.45 $36.11 $75,100
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 190 1.78 5.86 $33.91 $70,520
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.17 $68,990
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 600 3.78 12.43 $31.20 $64,890
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.52 $57,250


About May 2018 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019